Traffic Incidents Down From Last Year

ALVAN SIO | 16th Jul 2015 | NEWS

Traffic incidents have been reduced significantly this year as compared to last year.

The Traffic Police recently reported that road deaths and traffic violations have reduced significantly. Violations include speeding and running red lights.

At a press briefing on Tuesday, Traffic Police Commander Sam Tee noted that there were 78 deaths in the first six months of this year. This is 12.4 per cent lower than the 89 in the same period last year.

Drink driving was also down by about 16 per cent, from 1,495 in the first half of last year to 1,258 in the same period this year.

From September onwards, all 240 red light cameras all over the island will undergo a colour change; they will be painted bright orange in a similar manner to the recently installed speed traps. This project will be completed by the end of next year.

Assistant Commissioner Tee noted that the digital speed traps had been effective in curbing speeding. Since they started being installed in March this year, the number of violations detected per camera per day, has fallen from 31 then, to only 12 in June.

“The roads were generally safer in the first half of this year,” he said, adding that the numbers were encouraging signs that motorists were a doing their part to keep the roads safe for everyone.